Press release on Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories
On January 10, Israel announced that it had approved plans to build over 1,100 housing units in 20 West Bank settlements. According to incoming information, additional Israeli construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territories are likely to be coordinated shortly.
Moscow reaffirms Russia’s position of principle on the unlawfulness of the Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. We believe that this Israeli policy is not facilitating the creation of conditions for direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians with the view to coming up with solutions to all final status problems. It is also clear that the continuation of Israeli settlement activities is undermining the prospects for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, reducing the chances for achieving a just and reliable peace in the Middle East.